The Daily Nudge asks who taught us the gospel. I’m thankful to God to have been brought up in a Christian home. My parents are devoted Christians and were serious about their faith. There was never a moment, never a question, never a doubt, about participating in the meetings and activities of the church. And when a preacher in our rural congregation stated publicly that we could fellowship denominations, we, and all the Mathenys, left and went over to the next city to meet with a faithful church there. When teen pressure moved me to request exceptions to church attendance, my dad was firm. Whenever someone would ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up, my dad beat me to the answer, “We hope he’ll be a gospel preacher.”
There were, obviously, other godly influences in my life, but none so constant nor consistent as my parents.